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Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire--and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels
"Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading." -- San Francisco Chronicle , on Outlander
"History comes deliciously alive on the page." --New York Daily News , on Outlander
"Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves." -- The Arizona Republic , on Dragonfly in Amber
"Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." -- Publishers Weekly , on Voyager
"Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail." -- The Cincinnati Post , on Drums of Autumn
"A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." --CNN , on The Fiery Cross
"The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters." -- Booklist , on A Breath of Snow and Ashes
"Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect." -- People , on Written in My Own Heart's Blood

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2011
Edition: 20th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780553393699
Branch Call Number: F GAB NVD
Characteristics: 662 p. : map ; 24 cm


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AL_ALYSONC Jan 29, 2018

In book, audio or movie format Jamie and Claire are an amazing couple and one of the best love stories ever!

Dec 16, 2017

This is my favorite book ever written. The characters are so well represented. I love a book where a character, Jamie Fraser for example, has a high moral standard and lives by it. The historical content is fabulous; well researched and integrated into every aspect of the story. History buffs, romance and science fiction readers and others will all love this story. The entire series has the same characteristics and the TV series relates the story very well. Highly, highly recommend this series.

kelly_williams Jun 29, 2017

Diana Gabaldon puts in every effort to make historically accurate fiction. Her books are classified as Fiction, even though they follow the storyline of a romantic heroine, because of all of the information they contain. That being said, the first three books in the series focus almost exclusively on a love story. All of her books, and Outlander in particular, cause strong feelings in her readers that last throughout the series.

Erinlyticia Jun 06, 2017

This has to be one of my favourite books. From the history, element of danger, and of course the romance, I felt like I was front seat. Excellent.

Mar 25, 2017

If you interested in history and love reading a good romance, this series is made for you. Gabaldon has done a good job of researching the time period her series is set in. Her story drew me in and it was hard to put the book down.

Mar 03, 2017

After reading through half of this book I did not think I would read the other books in this series because many scenes are absolutely brutal and graphic. Historically, the book is quite accurate. However, Diana Gabaldon's writing makes the reader fall in love with Jamie, a Scottish aristocrat and warrior and Claire, who is catapulted into the 18th century by walking through the stones near Inverness. Their love, of course is that of legends. Intricate writing makes this book more difficult to read. I have now read Fragonfly in Amber and Voyager.

Jan 25, 2017

The quality of writing in this series of books is excellent! The research is well done and authentic. The characters are woven well in the story and play off each other, making you want more. Galbadon has created a world you can fall into and believe with her story, characters, and setting. The country of Scotland is a character itself. The lead character, Claire, is a strong woman who has to think quickly on her feet for survival, and she does this amazingly well. There are several strong women characters in the book. The men are interesting and full of color and character. How can one not fall in love with Jamie Fraser? Excellent! 5 stars for sure!

Dec 27, 2016

read the book and liked it very much. now waiting for the next one in the series.

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

This was a good book - not great, but good. Obviously I have a few issues with it (since I gave it only three stars), but let's cover what I liked about it first.

Gabaldon has obviously done her homework. Her knowledge on medical procedures from both Word War II-era and 17th century Scotland alone is obviously extensive. And her writing on Scots and English customs, along with her handling of Scottish accents, appears to be very well-done. So why wasn't I blown away by this book? Why didn't I feel for this book what I felt for Bernard Cornwell's "Archer's Tale" series, for example?

A lot of the reviews I read of this work have just barely fallen short of calling it a Harlequin romance. There is so much emphasis on the love affair between Claire and Jamie, including some slightly-too-explicit-for-my-taste sex scenes. And far from being a "sisters are doing it for themselves" heroine, Claire is sadly shown mostly in how she is affected by the men in her life. Girl, hike up them skirts and move out on your own! (Or put on some pants - that'll show 'em!) "But Kris," you'll say, "Claire is doing all these things, she's having all these adventures - she killed a wolf barehanded, for cryin' out loud!" True dat. but mostly, she's being helpless, swooning, at the mercy of the decisions of the men in her life. Yes, most of the story takes place in the 17th century, where women are (mostly) just basically possessions of their husbands. But what about Jamie's sister? And Geille? These are strong women; next to them, Claire is just a whiny, helpless little child.

The other thing that bothers me is the handling of the two gay characters in the story - Randall and the Duke. (Actually, one is more or less bisexual, while the other seems to be more of a pederast.) The Duke is portrayed as this politically powerful man, taking advantage of his power to try and force young men and boys into sexual liaisons. Randall, on the other hand, uses his power as a military officer to force men and women into sex. He's portrayed as a sadist, a crazy person who one minute is practically killing Jamie, and the next is crying and pleading with Jamie to tell him he loves him. Characters' responses to both of these individuals are sad but not entirely unexpected, considering (again) the time period of the story. But the author's portrayal of these two as disgusting creatures is entirely unnecessary. Is it not enough to know that Randall wants to torture Jamie, and kill him? Did Gabaldon really need to add the extra measure of him (gasp) lusting after Jamie as well?

I enjoyed reading this book for the most part - even though it took forever to finish - but I probably won't read any more in the series.

Dec 14, 2016

It kept me wanting more – I couldn’t put it down!

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Aug 26, 2016

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.”

Jun 21, 2016

Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.”

Jun 18, 2015

“Now, then. What does ‘fucking’ mean?”

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Hanovers and Stuarts? To me, these were still no more than names on a chart on the schoolroom wall. What were they, compared with an unthinkable evil like Hitler's Reich? It made a difference to those who lived under the kings, I supposed, though the differences might seem trivial to me. Still, when had the right to live as one wished ever been trivial? Was a struggle to choose one's own destiny less worthwhile than the necessity to stop a great evil?"-Claire

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Ye need not be scairt of me. Nor of anyone here, so long as I'm with ye."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" I wanted ye from the first time I saw ye-but I loved ye when you wept in my arms and let me comfort you, that first time at Leoch."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough."-Claire

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I'll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye-when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I'll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save-respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?"-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

"Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ."-Claire

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Jan 07, 2015

Sexual Content: Although not explicit, there is quite a lot of sex in this book (mostly between consenting & married adults). There is one instance rape which, while not shown explicitly, may still be disturbing to some readers.

Jan 07, 2015

Violence: 18th century Scotland is a grimy and violent place. Claire is a healer, so sees her fair share of blood and gore. Violence is not too explicit, however, and most of the focus is on the impact of violence on those who survive it.

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Sexual Content: Some sexual scenes


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mickaylasnana May 11, 2011

English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

In Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon after World War II, Claire enters a circle of stones and is transported back to the Battle of Culloden 200 years earlier, where she must marry a Scot to save her husband

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